Sep 24: Narendra Modi’s spiritual guru Swami Dayanand Giri passed away on Wednesday in Sheeshamjhadi area in Rishikesh after a prolonged illness. Devotees paid last respects in Rishikesh today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi last met his spiritual guru on his visit to Uttarakhand on September 11. Dayanand Saraswati was 87 was brought back to ashram after 10 days of treatment at Himalayan Institute Hospital at Jolly Grant in Dehradun. His condition had been deteriorating since long. (Also Read: Narendra Modi mourns death of Swami Dayananda Saraswati)

Modi on Thursday condoled the death of spiritual leader calling it a “personal loss”. He had tweeted saying, “Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji’s demise is a personal loss. I pray that his soul attains eternal peace. My thoughts are with the countless people inspired by Dayananda Saraswati ji. He was a powerhouse of knowledge, spirituality and service.”

According to Swami’s wishes he wanted to breath his last on the bank of his Ashram after which he was driven from the hospital to the Ashram.